Violence without Borders: Paradigm, policy and praxis concerning violence against women

Women's Learning Partnership Translation Series
Author: Yakin Ertürk

 Timely, beautifully written and relevant across genders and interest groups. Yakin Ertürk manages to provide answers to some of the most challenging issues we face. 
— Madeleine Rees
Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

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Violence without Borders helps us understand the process by which patriarchy, discriminatory legal systems, institutions, and hegemonic values make violence against women endemic, beginning at the level of the family and local community. Following a theoretical discussion on violence against women and human rights and an overview of the international human rights framework, Ertürk presents ten country case studies drawing on her experience working with United Nations institutions and mechanisms to shed light on the underlying reasons for women’s disempowerment – and ultimately their empowerment in joining forces to change patriarchal hierarchies in their respective societies and the world at large.

About the WLP Translation Series

WLP’s Translation Series makes available to the public, especially those interested in women’s human rights, original scholarly work produced by and based on the life experiences of women in the Global South. Other titles in the Translation Series include The Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story and Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb.


I love this book! Timely, beautifully written and relevant across genders and interest groups. Yakin Ertürk manages to provide answers to some of the most challenging issues we face. She draws on her insider knowledge of the UN system to trace the reality of the evolution of women’s rights as human rights and brings it to life.
– Madeleine Rees
Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)


Dr.Yakin Ertürk’s anger at this continued scourge, coupled with her background and expertise in development and the political economy of violence and sociology, all illuminate this multidisciplinary survey of the legal landscape and the passion of the global women’s movement in seeking practical strategies for its prevention, punishment, and redress.
– Christine Chinkin
Emeritus Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics


Ertürk’s probing study – which extends from theory to activism to international policy formulation – ranks as a major contribution to the campaigns to end violence against women. Her well-documented book lays the groundwork for an enhanced understanding of factors operating at various levels and points to strategies that will be useful in moving forward.
– Ann Elizabeth Mayer
Emeritus Associate Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Yakin Ertürk has scoured the world listening to women’s experiences of violence and combined their testimony with her formidable knowledge, analysis and insight to produce an empowering book that is an essential tool in the movement to build a world in which women live free from violence.
– Jane Gabriel
Editor, openDemocracy 50.50

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